Circulating Nurse (PRN)
To act as patient advocate, providing continuity of care designed to meet individual patient needs through collaboration with other members of the health care team. Supports the philosophy, objectives and goals. The Circulating Nurse will assess the perioperative needs of individual patients including but not limited to adult, pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric patients.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas.
Ability to stand and/or walk at least five hours per day.
Ability to lift and/or carry over 20 pounds on a regular basis.
Ability to push/pull over 25 pounds on a regular basis.
Category I exposure to blood borne pathogens, frequent exposure to chemical hazards and may encounter radiation hazards.
1. Prepares room, equipment and supplies needed for procedure, including anesthesia supplies.
2. Opens sterile packs and supplies, using Surgeon's preference card for specific requests.
3. A preoperative assessment is performed that includes:
3.1 Assess level of consciousness and color and integrity of skin.
3.2 Identify patient and introduce self to patient.
3.3 Determine a plan of care based on individual needs.
3.4 Necessary patient teaching will be done at this time.
4. In addition: checks chart, confirm consent, history and physical, laboratory results, allergies and confirms operative site.
5. Brings patient to Operating Room suite and assists patient to the operating bed after braking of gurney.
6. Positions patient for safe functional alignment, exposure of surgical site and to provide physical support.
7. Effectively manages human resources.
8. Informs front desk of progress and Post Anesthesia Care Unit, other facility unit and/or front desk prior to transfer.
9. Assists Anesthesiologist with monitor leads, blood pressure cuff and oximeter placement and remain at patient's side during induction and positioning.
10. Prepares patient's operative site, again confirming procedure with Surgeon's history and physical.
11. Directs overhead spot lights and connects equipment such as electrocautery, suction and power equipment.
12. Performs sponge and needle counts and instrument counts, if required. Obtains any sterile supplies needed throughout procedure.
13. Maintains an aseptic controlled environment.
14. Follows proper procedures regarding exposure to Category 1 tasks.
15. Follows proper procedures for handling hazardous waste materials.
16. Documents information required on operating room record.
17. Follows appropriate Pe-Op/Admitting policies and procedures